International Teaching Assistants (ITA)
The Vanderbilt University English Language Center (ELC) offers support for International Teaching Assistants (ITA). Specialized English for Academics and Professionals (EAP) courses including ITA Communication, Academic Speaking, and Pronunciation are available to ITAs at the ELC. The ELC conducts English-language proficiency assessments for ITAs in August and January.
ITAs at Vanderbilt University (VU) may be evaluated for English-language proficiency at the request of their departments or by self-selection. ITAs may be assessed throughout their time at VU depending on how their role as ITAs and department needs may change. The evaluation process is designed to determine whether an ITA has the high level of communication skills needed to carry out TA responsibilities.
The assessment for Spring 2021 will be on Tuesday, January 12 through Thursday, January 14. You must sign up using the link below. (Returning ITAs from Fall 2020 need not be re-assessed; just sign up for your next ELC-recommended course in Step 3 below.)
Step 1: Complete ITA assessment sign-up form
- Apply for ITA Assessment (Spring 2021 only)
- The form above may be completed by an ITA or an ITA’s department
Step 2: Attend ITA assessment at the ELC (if required)
- The ELC will contact you soon after you complete the form to schedule an assessment
Step 3: Based on assessment results (or last semester’s grade and recommendation), the ELC may recommend one of the following courses:
Please visit the Vanderbilt Center for Teaching for other ITA-related information.
For Vanderbilt Departments
Directors of Graduate Study and other departmental representatives may also visit the ELC Campus Support page.
For information regarding assessment and enrollment, please contact:
For information regarding eligibility, please contact: